Kolkatan Football giant Mohun Bagan announced its merger with two-time Indian Super League (ISL) champion ATK. RPSG Group, which owns and runs professional football club ATK FC will acquire majority shareholding in Mohun Bagan Football Club (India) Private Limited. This move will see the two football clubs coming together into a new merged identity to compete in the rapidly growing professional Indian football landscape.
The new football club will have brand names of ATK and Mohun Bagan. RPSG Group will become 80 % majority shareholder alongside Mohun Bagan Football Club (India) Private Limited owning the remaining 20 % shares.
Two time isl winner ATK is a strong contender for the first ever direct AFC Champions League group stage (2021) spot for an Indian club. ATK emerged victorious in the inaugural ISL edition in 2014 and followed it up in 2016 –one of only two clubs to hold the prestigious ISL trophy for the most number of times.
As the country’s premier football league, the 2019-20 league stage winner will get direct entry into the AFC Champions League group stage competition, a first for an Indian club.